Things we enjoyed this week and hope that you will too! Lin-Manuel Miranda, PG Wodehouse, Emily Dickinson, and Alice in Wonderland engravings.
Lin-Manuel Miranda & The Kingkiller Chronicle: You may have heard that Patrick Rothfuss's The Kingkiller Chronicle universe, comprised of The Name of the Wind, The Wise Man's Fear, and novella The Slow Regard of Silent Things, would be adapted into movies and a television series. Publisher Tor has now announced that famed creator of Hamilton, Lin Manuel-Miranda, will be the creative producer. It's a great choice: music plays an important role in the life of Kvothe, the main character of The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear, so it would take someone as talented and experienced as Miranda to do justice to the music that Rothfuss imagines in his novels. We're eager to see what these two create together.
British Library acquires PG Wodehouse archive: Creator of the inane Bertie Wooster and the ever-correct Jeeves, PG Wodehouse was incredibly prolific. He wrote every day, whether letters, verse, plays, novels, or journalism. This large collection has now been acquired by the British Library. Among the collection are the private writings of Wodehouse, which it is hoped will finally exonerate Wodehouse of all accusations of treachery during his imprisonment in a Nazi internment camp during WWII. In 1941 he agreed to do a series of radio broadcasts to America, telling listeners that he was alive and well and using some "ill-judged jokes" about his imprisonment. He was heavily criticized and remained embarrassed about it for most of his life. He was even investigated upon his return home and only found guilty of unwise behavior. It is hoped that public access to his writings will finally and absolutely absolve him.
Emily Dickinson's idiosyncratic poems: The New Yorker published a great article on enigmatic Emily Dickinson, who apparently wrote her poems on any scrap of paper at hand, even chocolate wrappers. She also used grammar, capitalization, and punctuation in any way that she felt best expressed the poem, even down to the spacing between lines and marginalia. The full individuality of her poems is usually lost during the standardization that occurs with publishing. Dickinson herself knew this, which is, at least partially, why she resisted traditional publishing. She actually created forty of her own books of her work, called "fascicles." There's a lot more the article, so give it a read!
Alice in Wonderland engravings: The Guardian has compiled a group of Alice in Wonderland illustrations, which were originally engraved by the Dalziel brothers. Lewis Carroll worked with artist John Tenniel to create the images, which the Dalziels would then etch out on wooden blocks. The article contains a lot more information on the techniques used. I've always enjoyed the artwork of Alice, so hopefully these will bring a smile.
Have a great week everyone!